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40 Years Ago: The Beginning of Nixon’s Drug War in His Own Words | The NORML Stash Blog

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26 responses to “40 Years Ago: The Beginning of Nixon’s Drug War in His Own Words”

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    [...] Nixon, true to his ‘law-and-order’ roots, shelved the report and its recommendations — announcing instead, “We need, and I use the word [...]

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  3. wbs

    Wow I don’t even know how to reply to some of this ignorant crap. What was his IQ under 50??? Seriously of all the intelligent people in our country they elected this guy? Why are we not electing smart people like scientists and inventors to lead our country instead of these absolutely incompetent and corrupt assholes. I think before you can run for office they need to give you a test of some king to stop these idiots from getting in office.

  4. Italics Mine

    I remember Nixon. The only good thing that I can recall he did was to end the military draft.

  5. Dave Evans

    Wow, why does the Republican party keep putting up these retards as leaders? Nixon seriously sounds like he’s got a screw loose in his head. I’m so glad I can’t remember this clown. But I do remember one bozo after another being pushed into leadership positions within the Republican party. Anyone remember Dan Qualye? George W. Bush? Neither could speak with sounding like a mental midget…. :( Don’t forget, ketchup is a vegetable; pollution is good for us and it doesn’t cause cancer and really it’s more like fertilizer, but these clowns want to “protect” us from marijuana. Are these people mental, or just native born self-haters? Hate wealth, health and your neighbors? Vote Republican.

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  9. 40 Years Ago Today: Congress Was Told To Tell The Truth About Marijuana; They Didn’t | Washington Dispensaries

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    [...] Nixon, true to his ‘law-and-order’ roots, shelved the report and its recommendations — announcing instead, “We need, and I use [...]

  11. Sherry

    My son who is 19 is facing a second offense violation for cannabis use. He went into rehab and tried N/A. He stayed off cannabis for six months failed a drug screen and now is facing more jail time. He only had enough in his possession for one joint when he got his first violation. The second violation was a dirty drug screen for cannabis. I have watched my vibrant, healthy full of dreams son turn into a depressed, stressed young man who now suffers migraine headaches over this, not to even mention the $2200.00 dollars in fines he has to pay.I have hired an attorney…this I am so angry over…the system has stolen his life….the attorney thinks he may do more time. What an injustice….I am ready to pack up my family and leave the States. Why not focus on the true criminals. He is a kid for God’s sake who smoked a joint! Not to mention this is permanently on his record…criminal record…come on people…..You get a D.U.I. you get a slap on the wrist…you beat your wife your off in thirty day’s, molest a child maybe nine months. The system is out dated…Of course we live in the Bible Belt….Baptist Valley Tennessee. We need change so badly. All these public servants sure love their cocktails though now don’t they..scotch and bourbons and wine and HYPOCRITES! Any advice would be Greatly Appreciated….as I am at wits end. His court date s Monday and we are going to try to get this continued for another court date.

  12. 40 Years Ago Today: Congress Was Told To Tell The Truth About Marijuana; They Didn’t | Delaware Medical Marijuana | Chronic Resource for Delaware Marijuana Law

    [...] Nixon, true to his ‘law-and-order’ roots, shelved the report and its recommendations — announcing instead, “We need, and I use [...]

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    [...] marijuana, as well as a recommendation to officially recognize its medical value. President Nixon violently opposed these recommendations, threw the report in the trash, and started his "War on Drugs". [...]

  14. 40 Years Ago Today: Congress Was Told To Tell The Truth About Marijuana; They Didn’t | Calm Effects

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  16. 40 Years Ago Today: Congress Was Told To Tell The Truth About Marijuana; They Didn’t | Find It 420

    [...] Nixon, true to his ‘law-and-order’ roots, shelved the report and its recommendations — announcing instead, “We need, and I use [...]

  17. Brad

    Nixon was a piece of shit.

  18. Jillian Galloway

    On June 17, 1971, President Nixon told Congress that “if we cannot destroy the drug menace in America, then it will surely destroy us.” After forty years of trying to destroy “the drug menace in America” we still *haven’t* been able to destroy it and it still *hasn’t* destroyed us. Four decades is long enough to realize that on this important issue, President Nixon was wrong! All actions taken as a result of his invalid and paranoid assumptions (e.g. the federal marijuana prohibition) should be ended immediately!

    It makes no sense for taxpayers to fund the federal marijuana prohibition when it *doesn’t* prevent people from using marijuana and it *does* make criminals incredibly wealthy and incite the Mexican drug cartels to murder thousands of people every year.

    We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales – to keep unscrupulous black-market criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. Marijuana must be made legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.

    “There’s something extraordinarily perverse when we’re so concerned about preventing addicts from having access to drugs that we destroy the lives of many times more people, either through untreated pain or other drug war damage”.

  19. David Sparks

    Is it just me, or does it really sound like Nixon has been doing some drugs of his own? Maybe some speed or something? He can’t seem to ever get his sentences straight or make his mind up abut what he wants to say…

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  23. McD

    This might not be the time or the place, but to be fair to Tricky Dick, he did have a problem with really dangerous drugs in the mid to late sixties. There were something like half a million heroin addicts in New York alone. He turned that around, though – really. By taking a big risk and trying methadone they got the problem under control.

    This was a big, big bonus to poor old Dicky at the time. He wasn’t getting a whole hell of a lot of success anywhere else. Damn hippies making him lose Vietnam! Some damn journalists – Jews, no doubt (“You know it’s a funny thing,  every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish.”) – Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein for Chrissakes – trying to make people think he was a crook!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Bernstein:
    “In his 1989 memoir Loyalties, Bernstein revealed that his parents had been members of the Communist Party, which shocked some because even J. Edgar Hoover had tried and been unable to prove that Bernstein’s parents were party members.[2] Bernstein’s parents were allegedly persecuted during the 1950s. The FBI conducted surveillance on his family over a 30 year period producing over 2,500 pages of documents, including notes taken by agents staking out his bar mitzvah.[3]“

    So here’s this wonderful rush of irrefutable success with drugs which was really down to him. Oh, what a mind blast! How could you blame the poor guy for doing whatever he could to stretch that success to cover just about anydamnthing. “Get that goddamn success over here, dammit, and get it over those hippies’ asses! Tell ‘em we nuke their old-fashioned, hippy-faggot, commie ideas with our good, old-fashioned primal urges and need to control – HA – a pox and a war on them – a War on Drugs! Sonsabitches, thinking they could dodge the draft… Well, dodge this one you long-haired, pot-smoking, pinko faggots: the dope that turns you into pussies is going to be crushed by the war machine you pretend to hate until you’re climbing over each other to get your hands on an M-16 and waste some commie asses like true Americans!

    “Write this down, Shafer, dammit: I want a report saying the hippies’ cohesion is a result of smoking pot. I want them to be shown to be communist infiltrators [infiltrator=terrorist] so that I can perpetuate some goddamn illusion or something. Tell ‘em were going to throw ‘em in jail for fucking life if they smoke pot. Yeah, that’ll fucking shut ‘em up and grow hair on their chests. Tell ‘em we’re going to war on their pussifying pot and they’re going to turn into true Americans, or they’re going to jail for a long, long time.” It worked. There’s been no real organized opposition to dysfunction capitalism in America since then.

    So, don’t believe every word you’re told about the War on Drugs being a complete failure. In some ways it’s been most successful, indeed. And don’t forget the real winners so far – the innovations of future presidencies – e.g. the pharmaceutical companies and the incarceration industry, not to mention the trillion-dollar interdiction bureaucracies. The War on Drugs has most certainly not been lost for them (yet). Yes, capitalism, floundering though it may be, is still afloat, in no small part, thanks to the War. They themselves admit only drug money cash saved the banks in 2008.

    The poor guy had a lot on his mind. It’s a tough job. And, really, he did get America’s real 60?s problem with narcotics under control. OK, so he kind of lost track of the script and got mixed up about some pretty basic things. like how you define a crook, and what the difference between cannabis and opiates is (He probably didn’t even know the difference between hemp, cannabis and marijuana, for Chrissakes!) and LSD and amphetamines, etc., and maybe he even lost track of the difference between right and wrong sometimes, but he kept capitalism afloat if it was somehow in some danger of somehow being sunk by commie hippies, didn’t he? That’s good, isn’t it?

    So, don’t be too hard on old Tricky Dick, America. Difficult though it may be to come to terms with, whatever you may think of his other deeds and words, his actions played their role in assuring the perpetuation of the political and economic circumstances which have enabled the American people to enjoy a standard of living far in excess of what they would have enjoyed had they been living within their means in the real world and the US consequently had no budget deficit. You probably think Reagan and Bush have done more to be thanked for, but don’t forget where the idea came from in the first place. He himself may not have understood exactly what he was doing or what the consequences of his actions might be, but it was old Tricky Dick who kicked off and saved America from communism.

    Maybe it’s not so much people, like presidents, that are important, but the processes which are being carried out by events?

  24. Mike Vanderpool

    This is crazy wish i had a say in some of those recordings… SIDE NOTE…

    i might not beable to help so much with cash but would really like to help promoting around my area any suggestions??

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  26. Bob Cargill

    So, our society in general has admitted that Nixon’s point of view on the drug war is wrong in every respect and yet the laws that his administration created are still in effect. Enough is enough. End this stupidity and let law enforcement go after real criminals instead of those who prefer cannabis over some legal drugs that are proven to be worse for the user.

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